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The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values Past and Present

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Warrior cultures throughout history have developed unique codes that restrict their behavior and set them apart from the rest of society. But what possible reason could a warrior have for accepting such restraints? Why should those whose profession can force them into hellish kill-or-be-killed conditions care about such lofty concepts as honor, courage, nobility, duty, and ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Rowman & Littlefield Education (first published April 25th 2003)
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Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I encountered the title of this book, I knew I should read it as I have believed in the value of “codes” for a very long time. In the personal booklet I wrote for myself, I cite several sources of codes most notably “The Call to Adventure” of Joseph Campbell and “The Code of the West” by James P. Owens.

This book studies and evaluates codes of conduct and character that were present in historical societies including the present day. My reason for doing this summary here is to save you the
Joe Koennecke
Read this as part of professional book club. It's a bit dated and I have heard a newer edition has been published. This version seems a bit reactionary in flavor to the 2001 terrorist attacks. Each section could serve as a stand alone reference for each culture she examines since there is little connection in the thesis. The overall experiments she describes with her students in the intro and conclusion seems more engaging than the chapters. Would recommend reading intro, conclusion and shop ...more
Timothy D. Cook, Jr.
Necessary reading for war-fighters and veterans

Well worth the read. This book provides amazing insight into various warrior cultures throughout history , as well as the commonalities they all share. Especially remarkable is the last chapter which discusses current military ethics and it's effects on the well being of those we ask to fight our current wars. As a veteran, I highly recommend this book.
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educational, military
Two Comments.
1- I really enjoyed reading about the warrior codes of various historic civilizations, especially the Vikings and Native Americans. Very informative and well presented. I should like to read a sequel to this book, perhaps covering the codes of Pacific Islanders, African Tribes (Maasia), and non-Plains American Natives. Also would be interested in more 'modern' examples, such as a contrast between patriots and British during the American Civil war, or a look at Naval Ethics around
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The central idea of this book is that a warrior needs to have a moral code to preserve his mental health

Key points:
*shared code and a shared experience is what binds warriors together
*marines don't do that
*because we might not be around long, we have to take extra care of how we behave
*Have a role model of a warrior who remained true to code of honor even in the face of overwhelming temptations
*the key to happiness and virtue lay in understanding nature of control
*No one can damage your
A more academic delve into warrior cultures ranging from Homeric Troy to the warrior monks of Shaolin. Dr. French was an Ethics Instructor at the Academy while I was there which inspired me to read this book. Worth a read for those interested in ethical codes of cultures, but it is more academic.
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A study of warrior codes from different cultures and eras. Helped me understand my Marine son and how he was being trained to view the world
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
Illiad, Rome, Vikings, Morte D'Arthur, Native Americans, Shaolin, Samurai, text for Hist of War (Hist 3xx?)
Not too useful for my research on Comanches.
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This is the way topic on the warrior ethos I have read. I highly recommend it.
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“Legendary strategist Maj Gen Carl von Clausewitz cuts to the chase with characteristic brutal clarity: “The soldier trade, if it is to mean anything at all, has to be anchored to an unshakable code of honor. Otherwise, those of us who follow the drums become nothing more than a bunch of hired assassins walking around in gaudy clothes . . . a disgrace to God and mankind.”6” 1 likes
“Though my selections do have some breadth—ranging from the Romans to Native Americans to Chinese warrior monks to Islamic warriors—this is by no means an exhaustive survey. Even restricting myself to the historical rather than the current, I found the number of significant warrior cultures available for study absolutely staggering. In the end, my selections were dictated by several considerations.” 0 likes
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